No. 4 Stevenson Holds off St. Mary's in CAC Semifinals

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson junior attack Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) netted a hat trick, and scored the eventual game-winning goal with 7:46 remaining, as the fourth-ranked Mustangs advanced to the title game of the CAC championship, 10-8, Wednesday night at Mustang Stadium.

Tonight's victory sets up the 10th meeting between Stevenson and Salisbury in the last four seasons and the final time the two schools will meet in the CAC Championship as Stevenson departs for the Middle Atlantic Conference.

The two teams have met in the Championship every season the Mustangs have been a member of the CAC except 2007, when they were ousted by the Seahawks, 8-7, in the semifinals.

Stevenson (14-3) would extend their lead to the largest of the game at 7-2 on an unassisted tally by senior midfielder Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) with 6:07 left in the third quarter.

The Seahawks (10-6) would score six of the next seven goals over the next 11:40 to knot the game at 8-8 after being held scoreless for over 28 minutes.

An otherwise statistically even game, both teams fired off 28 shots, while Stevenson held a slight edge in ground balls, 31-27. St. Mary's (Md.) held more than a 2-to-1 edge in faceoffs and capitalized on both extra-man opportunities. The Seahawks turned the ball over 23 times, four more than the Mustangs, including a critical turnover by Justin Harty with 1:00 remaining, that sealed the victory for Stevenson.

Senior goalkeeper Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made six saves, while his counterpart Stu Wheeler made nine.

The CAC championship will be held at Salisbury on Saturday. Opening face-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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Owings Mills, Md. A second half rally by third-seeded St. Mary's fell short in the semifinals of the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference tournament, and the Seahawks succumbed to a 10-8 loss to second-seeded Stevenson on Wednesday night.

Junior midfielder Taylor Cook (Hollywood, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) pulled St. Mary's (10-6) within 8-7 at 13:38 as fellow classmate Stew D'Ambrogi (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) picked up his second assist of the game. D'Ambrogi then found the back of the net himself for the equalizer at 9:27. Junior attacker Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) notched his third goal of the game less than two minutes later to give the Mustangs a 9-8 edge with 7:41 left in the game.

First-year Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) tallied his second goal of the contest with 1:30 on the clock for the 10-8 Stevenson lead. The Seahawks won the ensuing face-off but then committed two turnovers with senior goalkeeper Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) picking up the last ground ball and killing off the last 15 seconds.

Stevenson (14-3) advances to Saturday's tournament championship game at top-seeded Salisbury University. Salisbury defeated fifth-seeded York College of Pennsylvania, 19-6, in tonight's other semifinal action.

D'Ambrogi finished the night as the Seahawks' leading scorer with career-highs of two goals and three assists for five points while sophomore midfielder Gordy Long (Monkton, Md./St. Paul's School) scored twice.

Stevenson claimed a 1-0 lead at 8:08 as first-year Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) found the back of the net with the Mustangs' first shot of the game. St. Mary's tied up the game at 3:16 as senior attacker John Dehm (Trumbull, Conn./Middlesex School [Mass.]) notched a man-up goal off an assist from junior attacker Patrick Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston). Senior midfielder Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) returned the lead to the Mustangs with an unassisted goal at 1:24.

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